Stage and Screen: Stand-up in Park Circle, mystery downtown and all-American fun at the Footlight

Sister act Gracie and Lacy will revive the glamour of old Hollywood and the songs of yesterday in “Command Performance USA” Saturday,

Marking a return to regular stand-up comedy in Park Circle, The Most Races Show on Earth (MRSOE) and The Sparrow will welcome Brooklyn-based comic Noah Gardenswartz as part of a monthly comedy series to be held the last Thursday of every month.

Gardenswartz got his start as a comic and elementary school teacher in South Atlanta and quickly became known, and well received, for his use of observational and personal comedy to discuss racial and religious diversity from widely relatable angles.

His act often seeks to help audiences understand and find humor in their differences rather than fear, shun and ultimately oppose them. He took home first place at this year’s Laughing Skull Festival in New York, appeared on Bounce TV’s “Uptown Comic” and was recently selected as one of MRSOE’s “New Faces” comics for its Montreal edition of the Just for Laughs Festival.

Noah Gardenswartz will perform Thursday at The Sparrow, 1078 E. Montague Ave. Local comics Taylor Rizzo and Rossi Brown will open the show, and Neil Bansil will host. Tickets are $10 the day of the show, or $7 in advance at The Sparrow box office.

The Charleston Caribbean Creole food truck will be on hand, and each ticket provides access to a special beer from The Sparrow. Music and drink specials begin at 7 p.m.

Showtime is set for 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 744-7753 or visit The Sparrow’s Facebook page or for more information.

Heralded as the “longest continually running show in Charleston,” The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, 164 Church St., will present its crowd favorite, “Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery Show,” this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

“Inspector NoClue” first took the stage in 2012 and served as one of the theater’s first productions when it opened on Church Street that same year. The show describes itself as a “classic comic whodunit” and follows an inept detective as he works to solve a murder alongside a cast of characters that includes a “redneck butler, a gold-digging French maid and a hopelessly hapless hippie.” As the bungling quartet picks through the clues, the audience is tasked with deciphering the culprit, weapon and motive. The production also features roles for volunteer audience members to act out in this PG-13 comedy.

For more audience interaction, the theater’s PG farce “Heist, Heist Baby” will follow at 8:30 p.m. and presents the story of a rabbi, priest and clown attempting to pull off a bank robbery. The heist caper offers several audience roles for characters the theater admits may be its most outrageous yet.

Audience members are not required to participate and can enjoy appetizers and desserts, as well as choose from a wine and beer list, while taking in the show. Tickets for each show are $24/adults, $15/children ages 12 and younger and are available at the door or online at Call 937-6453 or visit the website for a full listing of show times.

Born and raised in Missouri, Emily and Lacy Miller were inspired to pursue theater after attending a riverboat show in St. Louis as small children. The sisters began putting on plays in their driveway with a 15-member cast of friends, all under the age of 12.

The productions became known as “Broadway on the Driveway” and eventually became so popular that the aspiring theatre company had to find an actual venue following a visit from local police.

Over the course of 18 seasons, the productions grew to fill arts centers around Missouri and included 90 performers, full orchestra and a technical crew.

The Miller sisters created the Gracie and Lacy characters to bring their love for WWII-era big band music, dance and fashion to life, and relocated to Charleston last year to give the act a permanent home within the city’s thriving theater community.

Gracie and Lacy’s latest show, “Command Performance USA,” features retro tap dancing, old-time radio comedy and a vintage Hollywood wardrobe all set to the sounds of “America’s Greatest Generation.”

“Gracie & Lacy: Command Performance USA” will perform two shows at the Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St., Saturday. The early show will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m., while the late show will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 to $34 and can be purchased by calling 722-4487 or 1-800-293-5949 or online at or